Mississippi Policy Fellowship

Training teachers as advocates to ensure that teachers and students thrive in Mississippi

What is the Mississippi Policy Fellowship?

  • A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Mississippi teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession. 
  • Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in August 2022 and concluding in June 2023.  
  • Fellows participate in Monthly Sessions (virtual and in-person)
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required. 
  • We will recruit teachers statewide, with a particular focus on recruiting teachers from the Mississippi Delta.
  • Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment.

What do we do?

Teach Plus trains teachers in understanding education policy as a lever for student success, community organizing, writing op-eds and speaking to the media, providing public testimony, and more. Teach Plus works to create and connect teachers to opportunities to lead in real ways at the policy level.

How does it work?

Teach Plus recruits and selects Mississippi Policy Fellows from across the state to participate in the cohort experience. You will become part of a larger movement of teacher leadership and help mobilize your peers around top issues impacting the teaching profession in Mississippi. Teach Plus works with key stakeholders and policymakers to join the conversation.

Teach Plus Policy Fellows have:

  • Influenced local and state plans for investing COVID-19 relief funds.
  • Advocacted to pay raises for Mississippi teachers.
  • Joined U.S. Secretaries of Education as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s official delegation to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession
  • Been published or featured in The Clarion Ledger, Mississippi Today, other several local news publications

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